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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/7.0
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects around the world, Insects' World, Tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) of Europe, Tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) of the world, Insects (Insecta), Tiger beetles saga [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-14 14:02
Viewed: 9074
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
After so long break finally I'm back on TN :)
And beacuse this week is very special for me (I finish to write my thesis! :>) I would like to introduce to you my favourite beetle group - tiger beetles - Cicindelidae :>

This is a male of Calomera fischeri fischeri (Adams, 1817) (about 14 mm). This specimen was collected on sandy bank of Matit River, where it co-occured with another tiger beetle species - Calomera littoralis nemoralis.

This is my first presentation of Cicindelidae on TN so today I would like to present you some "basic" facts about this amazing Coleoptera family. So, let's start from the beginning ;>

Who are tiger beetles?
Cicindelidae are the beetle family belonging to Adephaga suborder of Coleoptera. Sometimes they are also classified as subfamily Cicindelinae among ground beetles = Carabidae.
Family Cicindelidae is divided into 2 subfamilies: Collyrinae and Cicindelinae

But why Cicindelidae are "tigers in the insect world"?
The term "Adephaga" means predatory beetles, and really Cicindelidae are well known as specialized predators.
They have very special "equipment" for hunting: huge eyes - to see the prey, big mandibles - to catch it, and impressive speed - most probably they are the fastest runners in the insect world! Moreover thanks to their criptic body colouration (different lunules on elytrae - like "belts" on tiger's body) they are not seen very well by the prey, and of course thanks to it the English family name was given.
So as you can easy note the term "tiger beetles" can be explained both by body colours and their appetite ;>

Most of them are diurnal predators hunting on the soil surface but some species (e.g. genera Mantica, Manticora, Megacephala, and Tetracha are active usually at night, while other (e.g. Tricondyla, Collyris, Ctenostoma) hunt usualy on trees and bushes.

This picture was taken in Albania so at the end of this presentation a few words about Albanian tiger beetle fauna ;)
There are only 8 species (but ~20% of European fauna) known from this country, including two belonging to Calomera genus: presented one and Calomera littoralis nemoralis. For C. f. fischeri localities from Albania are the westernmost records in Europe.

I hope that you will like it :>

delic, Argus, marhowie, horia, Alex99, dew77, jmp, JORAPAVI, meyerd, snowfalken, cedryk, sandpiper2 has marked this note useful
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To SkyF: B/W or coluor? ;)cicindela 1 03-18 12:38
To meyerd: Cheetah beetle? ;>cicindela 1 03-18 08:17
To snowfalken: tiger beetle :)cicindela 1 03-18 08:11
To cedryk: trzyszczcicindela 1 03-18 06:47
To marhowie: tiger beetlecicindela 1 03-15 11:23
To horia: tiger beetle :)cicindela 1 03-15 09:14
To Alex99: tiger beetle :)cicindela 1 03-15 09:10
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bonjour radomir
le pov n'est pas le meilleur que j'ai vu,mais pas facile de ce mettre plus au ras du sol.
l'insecte lui est parfaitement net et detaillÚ.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-14 14:56]
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Welcome back Radomir,
Excellent photo and lecture. I'm impressed by those eyes and their functionality. How big are they?
Best wishes,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-15 6:55]
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Hi Radomir and very nice to see you back here and posting!

Again, big congratulations to you for finishing the thesis!

This is a splendid photo and a wonderful presentation of this special group of insects.
They really are beautiful...no wonder they are your favorites. :)
The details on this particular one are terrific and razor-sharp, with excellent definition on the "skin" textures and the little hair on its body.
The colors are lovely and the patteron on its back is very well visible. I also like hte metallic reflection and those big bubbly eyes :)

The DOF is a crutial element in such shots, and you managed yours superbly and kept all the insect in full focus.

The exposure is spot-on and the flash management is exceptional (not too powerful...just enough for the fill-in effect).

Great POV, too and composition as well.


PS: i got your reply, but i've been a little busy myself lately. If you don't send a anuscript now it's no problem, but we would like to have something from "my great polish friends" for the secound volume :)

Hi Radomir.
What an exactness of reproduction of this cute bug. Fantastic shot. We can see all smallest details at true colours and soft lighting. Bravo, my friend. Superb done. My compliments and TFS.

Hi Radomir,
Nice sharp detail, great DOF.
Very good use of flash to fill, I like the slight metallic colors I see along the head & thorax..I'd love to shoot one of these myself :)
Very well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-15 11:12]

Hello Radomir,
Excellent close up.POV,sharpness,clear details,lighting and framing are wonderful.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-15 12:39]
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Hello Radomir,
I nearly missed this one! Your TN name already told me that this is your favorite group of beetles. It is also one of mine, together with longhorns. Soon we expect to see campestris here which is our most common species but I haven't taken as good a shot as this one yet.
This shot is sharp and very well presented.
It deserves a lot of credit.

TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-15 17:21]

Hi Radomir,
A beautiful beetle captured with excellent details and colors. Outstanding note! Welcome back to TN!
TFS, JosÚ M.

Hola Radomir,
Preciosa toma con excelente luz, y unos detalles de gran nitidez, gracias por compartirla. Un cordial saludo

Oh, Radomir,
I wish you all the best for your final spurt towards a PhD! What a way to announce it to us, with this excellent portrait of a Tiger beetle, poised for action like a Cheetah. I know that they are hard to photograph.
Give it to the jury!

Hello Radomir,

I must say that thanks to this post I finally know where your TN user name comes from! And I understand why you pursue your photographic goals with such tenacity :)
Being so small this creature isn't much of a threat but in its world I'm sure it is a tiger. In your nice composition it looks big enough to see every sharp detail, including the mandibles and I must say it also looks scarry! As far as it concerns the composition, there is one thing I would like to add: it seems to me that you placed the bug a bit too close to the center of the picture. Adding some space in front of it would solve this problem but I don't know whether you cropped from the original or not. However this isn't much of an issue since the eyes of the creatures are fairly off the center. It's just my personal taste.
As I said before, the details are absolutely amazing! Razor sharp and well exposed! I also like the gradually fading ground due to the very well controlled DOF! A high quality picture of a great predator with a proper presentation! Congratulations and TFS!

With Friendly Regards,

Bardzo ladny wstep do trzyszczowego tematu na TN, chyba powinienes taki zalozyc, co!? :-)
Zdjecie bardzo ladne, choc ja bym tu chyba poprawil troszke kontrast...

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-18 8:56]
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Hello Radomir,
in the preview shot I thought this might be a b/w, but how wrong I was. This little bug is full of colors and you captured this walking rainbow perfectly. POV, sharpness and details are excellent.
Very well composed and presented.

Great shot of this tiger beetle.
Good POV and sharpness.
Well done

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